The first time I ever at ceviche was in Puerto Rico.  It just looked it would be the most refreshing dish to order while at the beach.  It was so delicious that I literally ordered it at every restaurant we went to and each time was never disappointed.  When we got back in town, it […]


Sauteed Shrimp & Fennel with Lemon Thyme Sauce and Feta

shrimp and fennel

When it’s 98 degrees outside, who really wants to spend hours in the kitchen making dinner when after work chores involve watering the flowers and garden, running around the yard, washing camp clothes, bath time to  make the mornings run smoother, and early bed times for our little guys to recharge their energy for another […]


Balsamic Bruschetta with Basil Ricotta on Sweet Cornbread Tarts

balsamic bruschetta

I must admit that I am a pretty darn competitive person.  Well, maybe I shouldn’t use the word “competitive” rather something more like “motivated by other people”, so I’m always up for a good challenge.  This year’s recipe contest for the 10th Annual Tomato Art Fest was all things bruschetta!! I didn’t know the “topic” […]


Olive Oil & Herb Spaghetti


 I just can’t get enough of my fresh herbs right now and recently shared the easiest and tastiest spaghetti with all the readers on What’s Cooking with Ruthie for my monthly guest contribution.  For this dish, I used whole wheat spaghetti noodles, but really any thin pasta will do.  Simply boil your noodles (I always […]


Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp and Tomatoes

pesto with shrimp and tomatoes

You say it’s your half-birthday It’s my half- birthday too–yeah They say it’s your half-birthday We’re gonna have a good time I’m glad it’s your half-birthday Happy birthday to you. Today is Boogeyman’s half birthday…..”four and a half”…the first year where half birthdays become monumental to our little guys.  The day which sets them apart […]


Spicy Chicken with Mango Pineapple Salsa

spicy chicken

I always look to my dad for cooking inspiration and boy did I ever get some when Boogey and I spent a couple of days with them last weekend.  When my dad’s church meeting got cancelled and my mom said “No pizza tonight, Dad’s cooking”, was I ever excited!  Talk about creativity in the kitchen! […]


Fresh Guacamole Dip

guacamole dip

Holy Guacamole!!!  When it comes to guacamole, I generally take a pass on the green stuff or will gladly give it up to my guacamole lovin’ man.  However; I must say, this guacamole dip kinda changed the game for me.  Maybe it’s the tomatoes or onions or I don’t know what, but whatever it is, […]


Sausage, Sage & Butternut Squash Quinoa Pilaf

italian sausage, sage and butternut squash quinoa

Sausage, sage, butternut squash…….I know what you are thinking.  This must be the start of a great Thanksgiving Day stuffing recipe.  While it does cause me to be a bit reminiscent of those glorious food days of the Fall, this dish brings those flavors to life in the dead of summer with this quinoa pilaf. […]


Cucumber Tomato & Onion Salad

cucumber tomato and onion salad

Sometimes in life it is good to just go back to the basics.  Having this blog has been great and has challenged me to create and try lots of new recipes that I have loved sharing with all of you.  I consider myself very lucky to have such a supportive and cooperative husband, who is […]


Baked Lemon Pepper & Dill Tilapia

baked tilapia

So, I am really on this fish kick right now! It must be because it’s summer, but all I want is the freshest, leanest food on my plate these days for dinner.  Baked tilapia is kind of a go-to dish for me either when I am in a hurry or want to eat a light […]